Technology is making us smarter – and it’s forever changing how we work, lead and live. Thomas Malone’s teaching and research stands at the intersection of all three.

A key figure in organizational learning and design studies, and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, he centers his work on helping organizations and their leaders take advantage of the possibilities presented by information technology. Professor Malone is the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence; he was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and the co-founding director of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.”

The last two decades of Professor Malone’s research are summarized in his acclaimed book, “The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2004). The book also foreshadowed the decentralized “bottom-up” management model that has influenced companies like Zappos.

Professor Malone has published more than 100 articles, research papers and book chapters, including a widely cited article in Science magazine on measuring the collective intelligence of human groups. He is also the co-editor of three books: “Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology” (2001), “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century” (2003), and “Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook” (2003). He is an eloquent and engaging speaker, and frequently presents to business audiences around the world. He is also regularly quoted in various top-tier media outlets, including The New York Times, Economist and Wired.

Formerly a research scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Professor Malone holds 11 patents, largely in user interface design and the representation of complex processes in software. He has co-founded three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. In 2012, Professor Malone received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich. He also earned a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University, and an M.S. in engineering-economic systems and Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology from Stanford University.


(Psychology Press; 1 edition, May 2001)

MIT Center for Collective Intelligence